Just one week after the takedown of the LockBit ransomware group, it appears their servers are back online. While law enforcement seized their shame site, they appear to have missed LockBit's backup servers, allowing the group to be operational quickly. GroupSense CEO was featured in DarkReading to speak on the group's leader. Read the excerpt below or get the full article here.
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Law enforcement's seizure of the LockBit ransomware site caused quite the stir last week. In the aftermath of the news, ransomware experts like GroupSense's Kurtis Minder and Analyst1's Jon DiMaggio think that law enforcement is intentionally baiting the leader of the ransomware group to incriminate himself. The experts were quoted in CyberScoop speaking on the tactic. Check out the excerpt or read the full article here.
Pharmaceutical intellectual property (IP) is highly sought after by threat actors and cyber criminals. How can pharmaceutical companies protect their most valuable asset? GroupSense's Taylor Banks was featured in Pharma Manufacturing speaking on how we have protected pharma IP for our clients and how other organizations can approach cyber protection. Read the excerpt below or jump to the full article here.
GroupSense's own Taylor Banks was featured in SC Magazine recently speaking on how AI will be used in the upcoming election cycle. Throughout the byline, Taylor discusses how threat actors will use AI to spread mis- and disinformation as well as how people are still key to detecting AI. Check out the excerpt below, and read the full article here.
According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, the government and education sectors accounted for 12.3% of all reported data breaches in 2020. Increased connectivity has benefitted state and local government and education (SLED) since its inception, increasing efficiency, information sharing, and more. As the internet has developed and threat actors become more savvy, it has introduced more risk to state and local organizations. The dark web, also known as the hidden internet, is a part of the internet that is not indexed by traditional search engines. It is estimated that the dark web is 500 times larger than the surface web, making it a haven for illegal activities such as fraud and cyber crime.
Kansas State University suffered a cybersecurity breach this week. School officials are investigating the incident. GroupSense CEO Kurtis Minder provided commentary to The Mercury on the incident, lending his expertise on the results of most cyber incidents. Check out the excerpt below or read the full article here.
With increasing reliance on technology in the electoral process, the threat of cyberattacks and digital interference looms large. This blog post aims to shed light on the urgency of election cybersecurity, exploring the common cyber threats faced by election officials and voters alike on Election Day. By understanding these risks and implementing proactive threat monitoring measures, we can safeguard the integrity of our elections and maintain public confidence in the democratic process. Additionally, we will discuss important post-election security measures and strategies to promote public trust in the electoral system.
In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, a new type of attack has emerged: dual ransomware attacks. This malevolent technique involves cyber criminals launching not one, but two ransomware attacks on a single target. The first attack serves as a distraction, often relatively easy to detect, while the second attack remains hidden and wreaks havoc behind the scenes. This double-edged approach presents a significant challenge to organizations, as it requires them to not only identify and respond to the initial ransomware attack but also uncover the covert second attack. The rise of dual ransomware attacks highlights the need for organizations to bolster their cybersecurity defenses and adopt a multi-layered approach to protect against sophisticated and relentless threats.
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The integrity of elections is under constant threat from sophisticated cyber attacks. Foreign adversaries, criminal groups, and even individuals with malicious intent can launch cyber attacks to manipulate election results, undermine public trust in the democratic process, and sow discord within society. It is crucial for governments, election officials, and technology companies to take proactive measures to safeguard democratic processes and protect critical election infrastructure from cyber threats. This article explores the persistent threat of election interference, the role of foreign adversaries in such attacks, and the importance of cybersecurity collaboration, information sharing, and citizen education in mitigating these risks. By learning from past instances of election interference, we can strengthen our defenses and ensure the integrity of our democratic institutions.
The dark web, a hidden corner of the internet, poses a significant threat to state and local governments, making them vulnerable to a wide range of fraud schemes. This article aims to shed light on the dark web's potential to facilitate fraud, the vulnerabilities in government systems that can be exploited, and the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures. We will explore real-world case studies to illustrate the impact of dark web fraud on government entities and present successful strategies for prevention, drawing from the experiences of government agencies that have effectively thwarted dark web fraud attempts.